Hawks sink talons into Mountaineers

The Humber Hawks jumped to a 42-25 half time lead, then held off a resurgent Mohawk team to defeat the Mountaineers 62-58 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball at the Fennell Gym on Tuesday (Jan. 27). The win completed a sweep of the cage twin-bill with the Humber women taking a 63-50 win away from their Mohawk counterparts.

The men Mountaineers came out flying to start the second period with an 11-2 run, but while they got to within three points in the final minute of play and had chances to pull even, they just couldn’t do it. Mohawk coach Brian Jonker praised his charges for their never-say-die attitude.

“We really competed tonight. That’s probably the best team in the province (Humber) and we didn’t give up and we fought that whole half.

Every time it looked like maybe they were going to get away from us, we fought back again, so I’m proud of the way the guys played. We just didn’t finish.”

Ryan Carrafiello (St. Thomas More) led Mohawk with 13 points. Michael Soluk (Ancaster) scored 10 points and Jerome Smith (St. Thomas More) added eight points and 11 rebounds.

Humber’s record improved to 12-2 while Mohawk fell to 4-9. Coach Jonker conceded his team will likely have to win its remaining five games for a shot at post-season play.

In the women’s game, the Mountaineers trailed 30-22 at the break and scored the first two baskets in the second half to get to within four points, but that’s as close as they would get for the rest of the game. While Mohawk out-rebounded Humber on the defensive boards, they had a tough night at the other end, getting only 26.8 percent of their offensive rebounds.

“Consistently, we didn’t box out,” said Mountaineer head coach Kelly Dunham. “Offensively, when we shot it was one person going to the board, not four.”

Dunham also felt Mohawk did not play as a team, stressing a team means all the players, including the bench, not just the five on the floor.

Casey Boggs (Hill Park) and Morgan Taylor (Owen Sound West Hill) had 11 points apiece for the Mountaineers. Michelle Abella (St. Jean de Brebeuf) added eight. Trish Taylor paced Humber with 14 points.

The Mountaineers saw their record fall to 4-6, while Humber improved to 7-4.